Demographics Staff

Director
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Qian Cai (pronounced “chien tsai”) is director of the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. She is principal investigator for multiple research grants from the Census Bureau, Virginia Governor’s Office and various state agencies.

A native of China, Qian received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1991 and a master’s degree in demography in 1994, both from Peking University. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University in 2000.

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Director of Outreach
Meredith Gunter

Meredith Strohm Gunter represents the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia as Outreach Director for the Demographics Research Group. Meredith’s career experience includes senior administrative posts at three institutions of higher education in Virginia, policy and special initiative development for the Governor’s Office, international services and support for a major Virginia law firm, and a number of freelance writing, editing, and planning projects.

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Research Analyst
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Luke Juday is a Research and Policy Analyst for the Demographics Research Group. He received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Grove City College and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. His expertise is in mapping and spatial analysis and he focuses on how demographic trends are related to local government decisions and metropolitan change. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a middle school teacher and debate coach, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Gaborone, Botswana.

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Research Assistant
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Megan Juelfs-Swanson is a research assistant for the Demographics Research Group and a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Virginia. Her research interests are in politics, parenting and families, and religion. Megan holds a B.A. in Communications from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Virginia.

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Research Analyst
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Hamilton Lombard is a research specialist for the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. His expertise is in demographic change, particularly the different components of population growth and decline, and the effect of government policy on population patterns. Hamilton has worked in local and regional planning in Virginia and the United Kingdom.

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Demographics Coordinator
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Amy Muldoon is the coordinator for the Demographics Research Group at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Amy recently moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she worked at the University of Michigan as an academic advisor in the liberal arts college. She has experience designing websites, building and maintaining databases, and managing various college programs and projects.

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Policy Associate
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Annie Rorem is a Policy Associate for the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. She has a background in both theoretical mathematics and public policy, and conducts research on education and labor force participation with a particular interest in gender. Annie is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and worked for several years as a middle school teacher before completing her MPP at University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.

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Research and Policy Analyst
Shonel Sen

Shonel Sen is a Research and Policy Analyst for the Demographics Research Group. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from India and the Dual-Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Demography at Pennsylvania State University. She has a strong background in Regional Economics, Population Studies and Public Policy with training in theoretical modeling and quantitative analysis. Her interdisciplinary research interests bring together elements from the fields of Economic Development, Components of Population Change, Behavioral Incentives and Environmental Sustainability.

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